Now Accepting Applications for the 2018 Community Contribution Program!

Now Accepting Applications for the 2018 Community Contribution Program!
The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon has been a success due to the unbelievable support within the community.  Each year the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon (CHKM), the premier event of the Knoxville Track Club, sets aside funds for its community contribution program.

In an effort to support the community and to improve lives through healthy programs, the CHKM Advisory Committee will be accepting proposals for programs seeking funding from the community contribution program.

The application can be downloaded here. The deadline to apply is August 1, 2018. For more information about past recipients, please click here.

Fittest School Challenge Results are in!

2018 Fittest School Challenge Results are in!
Thanks to a sponsorship by Regal Entertainment Group, we are proud to award $4,200 to area schools through our 2018 Fittest School Challenge.

The Fittest School Challenge is a competition between area schools that awards winners based upon percentage of participation. Each child that participated in the March 24, 2018 Covenant Kids Run earned one point for their school. We tallied up each school’s respective points and divided that number by the total enrollment of that school to determine their participation percentage. We award prize money to the top ten schools in a ten county radius. More than one school in each county is eligible to win prize money. The list of winners and prize money breakdown is listed below:

1st – Garden Montessori School$1,000
2nd – Nature’s Way Montessori School$800
3rd – Episcopal School of Knoxville$500
4th – Shannondale Elementary$400
5th – Carpenters Elementary$300
6th – Highland Park Elementary$200
7th – Kingston Elementary$200
8th – Greenback School$200
9th – Eaton Elementary$200
10th (tie) – Briceville Elementary$200
10th (tie) – Steekee Elementary$200

We will present each school with a plaque and a check before school gets out this Spring. Thanks again to Regal Entertainment Group for sponsoring the Fittest School Challenge!

Fittest Company Challenge Results are In!

Results are in for the 2018 Fittest Company Challenge!
Large Category (501+ employees)
1. Clayton Homes – 3478.05 points
2. Pilot Flying J – 2612.50 points
3. DENSO – 1771.85 points

Medium Category (101-500 employees)
1. Radio Systems Corp. – 845.20 points
2. ORNL FCU – 617.90 points
3. Mortgage Investors Group – 436.20 points

Small Category (100 employees or less)
1. Fleet Feet Sports Knoxville – 192.00 points
2. WBIR TV Channel 10 – 124.10 points
3. Threds – 121.30 points

These companies will each receive a plaque and will be recognized at the Knoxville Chamber’s A.M. Exchange at Fort Sanders Health and Fitness Center on May 8th. For a listing of other top companies, click here.


Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon announces road closures for race routes


Street and lane closures will occur throughout the center city and surrounding areas for the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon race events, which will be held March 24-25. All roads are expected to be open by 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 25.


An important consideration this year for race participants, volunteers and spectators will be interstate routes. According to TDOT, I-40 East and I-40 West will be reduced to two lanes from the West Hills exit (Mile Marker 380) to just east of the I-640 interchange (Mile Marker 385) for bridge repairs taking place weekends throughout March.


“We’re encouraging everyone to allow extra time for travel when coming to the Health & Fitness Expo for race packet pickup on Saturday, as well as all Saturday and Sunday races,” said Jason Altman, Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon executive director. “Figure out your route in advance and leave early. We want everyone to drive safely and arrive ready for a great race weekend.”


The Clinch Avenue Viaduct serves as the start for all races and will be closed to traffic starting at 2 p.m. Saturday until about 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Parking will be prohibited on Clinch Avenue between 11th and 16th streets, and vehicles parked on the street will be towed Saturday evening.


On Saturday, the Covenant Kids Run starts at 5:30 p.m. and the 5K at 7 p.m., necessitating closures of 11th Street and World’s Fair Park Drive in front of the former Candy Factory building and Knoxville Museum of Art, and periodic closures of Cumberland Avenue at 11th Street and Estabrook Drive from 5:30 until about 8:30 p.m.


On Sunday morning, the marathon will require staggered road closures from 7:20 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. throughout downtown Knoxville and the following neighborhoods: Fort Sanders, Sequoyah Hills, Fourth & Gill, Parkridge, Island Home and Old Sevier.


Motorists who need to reach Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center and East Tennessee Children’s Hospital on Sunday morning should take Alcoa Highway to the Cumberland Avenue/Kingston Pike exit and enter the Fort Sanders area via 20th Street. Please look for directional signage along this route.


Maps of the courses are available at


The details for specific road closures are as follows:

  • World’s Fair Park Drive: Closed from start of race until half-marathon passes from 11th Street, then closure is moved to south of parking lot beside the Knoxville Museum of Art; closed on north end by Fort Kid.
  • Clinch Avenue Viaduct from Henley to 11th streets: Closed throughout marathon weekend events.
  • Clinch Avenue: Closed at the start of marathon, 5K and Covenant Kids Run from 11th to 16th streets.
  • 16th Street: Closed at start of marathon, 5K and Covenant Kids Run from Clinch to Cumberland avenues.
  • Volunteer Boulevard: Eastbound lanes closed for marathon and 5K to UT Drive on west end.
  • Lake Loudoun Boulevard: Southbound lanes from Volunteer Boulevard to Neyland Drive closed for marathon.
  • Neyland Drive: Eastbound lanes closed for marathon from Lake Loudoun Boulevard to Kingston Pike.
  • Kingston Pike: Eastbound lanes closed; traffic will be two-way in westbound lanes.
  • Cherokee Boulevard: Southbound lanes closed.
  • Blows Ferry Road: Westbound lanes closed.
  • Alta Vista Way: Northbound lane closed.
  • Noelton Drive: Right lane closed from Alta Vista Way to Kingston Pike.
  • Kingston Pike: Right lane closed westbound from Noelton Drive to Forest Park Boulevard.
  • Forest Park Boulevard: Northbound right lane closed from Kingston Pike to Newcom Avenue.
  • Newcom Avenue: Closed both ends from Forest Park Boulevard to Lebanon Street.
  • Lebanon Street: Closed from Sutherland to Newcom avenues.
  • Tyson Park: Closed at Kingston Pike entrance and road closed sign inside Tyson Park at Highway 129 overpass.
  • Cumberland Avenue: Right westbound curb lane from 22nd Street to Tyson Park; south curb eastbound from Phillip Fulmer Way to Estabrook Drive.
  • 22nd Street: Full closure from Forest to Cumberland avenues.
  • Forest Avenue: Full closure from 17th to 22nd streets; continued closure from 17th Street east to 13th Street.
  • Highland Avenue: Eastbound lanes closed from 11th to 13th streets.
  • Broadway: Right lane closed from World’s Fair Park Drive to Central Street.
  • Central Street: Southbound right lane closed from Broadway to 3rd Avenue; northbound right lane closed from Magnolia to 4th avenues; southbound lane closed from Jackson to Cumberland avenues at South Central Street.
  • Winona Street: Northbound lanes closed from Magnolia to Woodbine avenues.
  • Woodbine Avenue: Closed both ends from Winona Avenue to Bertrand Street; local traffic only.
  • Patton Street: Road closed signs on both ends between Jackson Avenue and Willow Street.
  • Jackson Avenue: Eastbound lane closed from Patton to Central streets.
  • State Street: East curb closed in right northbound lane to allow runners a lane behind cones.
  • Hill Avenue: Closed eastbound to James White Parkway southbound entrance ramp, starting at Gay Street.
  • Sevier Avenue: Right lane closed from James White Parkway to Island Home Avenue; cones 6-8 feet from westbound curb for runner lane from Island Home Avenue to Gay Street.
  • Island Home Avenue: Closed from Sevier Avenue to Maplewood Drive; westbound traffic to use Hillwood Drive.
  • Gay Street: Northbound right lane closed from Hill to Wall avenues.
  • Market Street: Closed from Union to Church avenues.
  • Church Avenue: Westbound right lane closed from Market to Locust streets.
  • Estabrook Drive: Closed from Cumberland Avenue to Gate 25 at Neyland Stadium.


For more information, visit or call 865-684-4294.


About Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon:

The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon is a premier event organized by the Knoxville Track Club, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the encouragement of physical well being through running, jogging, competitive road racing, race-walking, fun runs, cross-country and track and field.